Playing With Her Heart – Cover Reveal

I am very excited that http://www.afterthefinalchapters.com has been afforded the opportunity to be involved in the cover release of Playing With Her Heart by the ever wonderful Lauren Blakely. I am really looking forward to reading this book and catching up with the characters from the previous books in the Caught Up In Us series as well as Chris and McKenzine from Trophy Husband. So without any more delay, here is the cover from the up coming Playing With Her Heart;

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ABOUT PLAYING WITH HER HEART:

When you’re acting the role of a lifetime, how can you know if love is real—or all just a part of the show?

Twenty-three year old rising theatre star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she’s happy, pretending her long-distance crushes add up to something real, pretending she’s not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. Cast in her first Broadway show, she desperately needs to keep her façade intact, but that’s before she comes face to face with her devastating new boss…

Hot-shot director Davis Milo knows the first rule of directing: never fall for your leading lady. Captivated by Jill’s raw talent, he fights his feelings, but watching Jill on-stage with another man is more than his jealous streak can take. Keeping things professional isn’t an option. He wants all of her.

Soon the ingénue and her director are staying late in the empty theatre, their private rehearsals spiraling into new, forbidden territory. Caught up between fiction and reality, Jill struggles to find the truth in all their staged kisses. But how can she be sure that what she feels is real, and not a part of the play? And when two people spend their lives pretending, what happens after the final curtain falls?

EXCERPT:

He glances down at the black pumps. “Nice shoes.”
As I follow his eyes, I realize my hand is on his shirt, my fingers
fisted around the cloth, clutching it. I should let go. But I don’t.
Because I can’t help but notice he has that clean and freshly showered
smell that makes any woman want to lean in and lick a guy’s neck.
Close her eyes. Inhale, and trail a tongue all the way to his
earlobe, enjoying the sound of a low groan.
“Nice shirt,” I say softly, running my index finger across one smooth
button. Then I look up to find him staring down at me. His dark blue
eyes aren’t cold anymore. They’re not keeping me at bay. Instead,
they’re heated, searching mine.
It’s hypnotic the way he looks at me. Completely hypnotic, as the
room goes quiet, the air between us charged.
I press my teeth against my lips, and I think, but I’m not entirely
sure, because thought has vanished, that I nod briefly, almost as if
I’m giving him permission. Then he bends towards me, and my breath
catches. Before I even process rationally what’s happening, his lips
are on mine, and my pulse is racing. It’s a barely there kiss, just
him brushing his soft lips against mine, but I want more. So I pull
him closer and deepen the kiss. He groans, and then suddenly his hands
are in my hair, and he’s twining his fingers through my long, blond
strands, and tugging me close. I thought I was leading this kiss, but
I’m not anymore, because he’s claiming me, tracing his tongue across
my top lip, then nipping at the bottom lip, then kissing me so deeply
and with so much heat that I shudder. That only makes him kiss me
harder, and everything else falls away because this is a kiss I can
feel in every single cell in my body. Deep, and fevered and
possessive.
It makes me feel things I’m not supposed to want.
My heart pounds wildly as he presses closer, so dangerously near to
me that I want him to slam me against him. Let him touch me all over.
His lips own me, his hands want to know me, and I swear I might
combust from this kind of electric contact.
He breaks the kiss and I’m not honestly sure where I am anymore. Or
who I am. I look at him, at Davis, but everything is so hazy right
now, that I don’t know what to say. I don’t think he does either,
because he doesn’t speak for a moment. He shakes his head, and
swallows, collecting himself. As if he doesn’t know how that happened
either.
“I’m sorry,” he says, then steps back, pushing his hand roughly
through his hair. He looks away from me, staring at some distant point
on the wall. “That was a mistake,” he says quietly.

ABOUT LAUREN BLAKELY:

Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.

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Mad About You

Mad About You

There are a lot of things that can put a marriage under the microscope and test the foundations on which it is built. Emma and James Hamilton have been married for ten years. In those years they have endured their fair share of trials and tribulations including infertility, adoption, pregnancy and the premature arrival of a baby. Add to this job loss and an uncertain future – well it’s fair to say that things have become strained in the Hamilton household. The have gotten through it though and believe that as a couple they are now stronger.

Packing up everything you own, leaving everyone you love and moving countries for your husbands job cannot be easy. In fact for Emma it is downright lonely. Emma tries her best to fit in but is fighting a losing battle. As each day goes by she is seeing her husband less and less and is feeling more and more isolated. When strange texts start arriving to her husbands phone, sinister parcels delivered to her followed by viscous text messages the strain becomes too much. Even the strongest marriage would struggle to plough through.

It is to my shame, as an avid reader, that this is the first Sinead Moriarty book that I have read. I know, I can hear you. I have been seriously missing out. Before starting to read Mad About You I read that she had been likened to Marian Keyes. Well that’s always going to be a good start. I have to disagree, I mean no disrespect to Marian Keyes ‘cos we all know she is awesome, but for myeand my tastes Sinead Moriarty is better. Agree or disagree but thats how I feel.

It’s well known that I struggle a little with paperbacks. I still read them but it takes me so much longer than a digital book. Why? I really have no idea. From the moment I sat down to read Mad About You I was instantly sucked right in to the story. I could not put it down. My poor children were neglected and I had my head stuck in the prettiest pink book.

I was immediately transported into the lives of of Emma and James Hamilton. I felt so many emotions when reading this book. That’s what the author wants, right? To make us feel when reading. I found myself laughing at so many bits and Babs is just a tonic. My husband kept tutting at me as i was reading – I was disturbing some ridiculous DIY programme that he must have missed a second of the last ten times he watched it! Anyway, I was so gripped in the story line that I was shouting at Emma (in my head of course, i’m not completely mad) to open her eyes! I even snapped the book closed this morning because I didn’t want to read what I knew was coming next. About 5 seconds later I had it reopened and back engrossed in the story line.

There was not one point of this book that I felt was getting a bit boring and I would put it down for a while. When I did have to do silly things like housework or cook dinner I almost had to have it pried out of my hand!

It is a fantastic story of real life. No frills. This is how real people live. Like Emma and James that is – not so much Poppy. You will understand when you have read it! How losing a job and dealing with all the upheaval that comes with it. Moving countries and feeling lonely, finding new jobs and childminders. Not to mention the pure horror that the kids prefer the minder to you!

And….just what can happen when someone sets that seed of doubt in your head that your husband hasn’t been entirely faithful to you!

The best thing is Sinead has a back catalogue of 8 other books that I am now dying to read!

Mad About You is on sale August 1st

Lover at Last

In the first of our new Paranormal features Aimée Duffy will review Lover at Last by J.R. Ward.

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Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

The title, Lover at Last, is apt for the buzz that has surrounded the release of the newest instalment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. As always, J.R. Ward doesn’t just give you one story, but several all rolled into a massive book I devoured in forty-eight hours. The story follows not only the Quay relationship that has intrigued fans worldwide, but also introduces new characters, follows Wrath’s struggle to keep hold of the throne, delves into the queen’s craving for a child, has an interesting insight to the Shadows, and reveals a new edge to the war between the vampires and the lessers.
I would have preferred the story to focus more on the relationship between Quinn and Blay, but the side stories were fast paced enough that I didn’t want to skip them. At the beginning of the book Quinn has impregnated the chosen, Layla, but there are problems with the pregnancy which were really touching. Not only does J.R. Ward keep the story moving fast, but she also has a skill of using her characters (all of them!) to pull on your heartstrings.
On the other side of the love affair, Blay is splitting from his long term lover, although this is something he neglects to mention to Quinn. He’s under the apprehension that he’d never be more to Quinn than a quick ride, even though the two have been best friends forever. I could accept his anger, and understand the need Blay had to keep his feelings hidden, but…
Personally I felt the conflict between the two as far as Blay being involved with someone else could have been resolved with a simple conversation, and there wouldn’t be much to create tension after that. However, there were some personal issues that came into effect for Quinn about half way through the book that added to the will-they-won’t-they-omg-I-can’t-stand-the-waiting.
The breaking down of Quinn as a character during the last few books in the series was very emotional to me. He’s not only having to deal with worry about his future young, the on-going war with the lesser, a surprise nobody expected (even though re-reading John’s story I can see it was quite clearly hinted at by Lash, but shhh *spoilers*) and another threat against the throne. The fact that Blay was there through it all with him, wanting but knowing he can never have, made Lover at Last one of my favourite in the series. And did I mention hot? And not just in the main plot either.
If you haven’t picked up this series yet I highly recommend that you do. Dark Lover, Wrath’s story, is book 1 and the best place to start IMO :o)

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A new venture for After The Final Chapters

As you know my thing is most definitely ‘Chick Lit’, ‘New Adult’ sometimes even ‘Young Adult and a little dabble into the ‘Erotic’ with series such as Fifty Shades, Crossfire and Sinners on Tour. I am not however oblivious to the fact that paranormal is huge. Its not a genre that I am mad about but I did want to include it in the blog so I decided to do a search for someone to review the paranormal for me. A search that could take a while I thought. I couldn’t have just anyone reviewing books for me. If I am promising reviews I need to deliver on that promise and the reviews that I post have to be first class. I need to trust the person and know that they can write well and be able to make that all important connection with the readers and hopefully bring in a few more.

Imagine how delighted I am that I already have that person, after about 5 minutes of putting up the tweet. None other than Aimée Duffy is going to guest review for After The Final Chapters. I hear you … wow. Aimee is an author and she is signed with Harper Impulse, the romance wing of Harper Collins. Her book Sinfully Summer #2 in the Goodreads summer reads. Its a great day for me, almost like a nod of approval that I am doing something right here!

Aimee’s first review will be coming soon and in the meantime you can find her on Twitter or Facebook

Illicit Love Blog Tour – Stop 9

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Welcome to Stop Nine on the Illicit Love blog tour! Jane Lark is celebrating her first instalment in the Marlow Intrigues series with a HUGE giveaway – including a one night stay in London’s Regency Hotel, Amazon gift voucher, signed copies of Illicit Love and plenty of swag!

 

Illicit Love – What they say:

Unknown-95‘Ellen Harding longs to be free of the life she is trapped in – her husband died at the battle of Waterloo and her family disowned her and now she lives under the reign of a cruel protector. When her eyes are drawn to a beautiful man for no other reason than his looks, she imagines escaping her chains for a night by giving her body to him – to a man of her choosing – even if only to infuriate her captor.

But Edward Marlow is kind and gentle when he touches her and her subconscious whispers that this man could save her. Yet how can he help her when she has secrets which prevent her ever being free. She has too many battles to fight.

Edward is restless, lonely and a little angry with his lot in life – it is his only excuse for being drawn to another man’s mistress. The woman’s dark hair and pale eyes are striking and he cannot take his gaze off of her while she watches him over the top of a fan with an illicit intent in her eyes. But once he’s known her he cannot forget her – and once he’s seen how brutal her protector is, how can leave her with the man? But she will not run anymore than she will speak of her past, so how can he help her…’

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In my humble opinion;

Historical romance was never my thing. I could not however pass up the opportunity to join in this blog tour so I thought ‘bring it on’. I must be honest and say I already had it pinned in my head as one of the ‘Mills & Boon’ books I used to see in my mums possession when I was growing up. You know the type I am talking about, the maiden on the front and the tall dark handsome man swooping in. No way, not this book. I am trying to think of a way to describe it and my head keeps saying ‘Downton Abbey with balls’. You don’t get this type of sex and scandal in Downton but the setting seemed just about right even if Illicit Love is set quite a bit earlier.

It took me a chapter or so to get used to the language in the book but once I did I was hooked in the story. I wondered what the big secret was and how he was going to rescue her. There were a lot of avenues in the book which Jane Lark led us down beautifully and at just the right pace. No part of the story was rushed and yet no part was dragged out. Everything was explained in ample detail yet the descriptions were not over long. In fact everything was described so well and I was so invested in the story that I at one stage hitched up the skirt on my sundress as if I myself was about to mount a horse. Not likely – ever!

I loved the main characters, Edward and Ellen. Ellen at first seemed so confident and even a bit mischievous while Edward seemed like a man whose ego needed no boost. We came to find that Ellen had many masks that she would wear depending on the need. She was not at all the confident vixen she at first portrayed she was in fact a fragile woman who had suffered horrendously at the hands of many men. With Edwards kindness, tenderness and love she is able to find her true self and the journey we take with the two is heart wrenching.

Other characters were introduced in the book that I equally enjoyed although I did feel as though there were questions opened up about Robert – Edwards brother that needed to be cleared up. This got me excited as I thought excellent he must be getting his own book. I tweeted Jane Lark and she confirmed my suspicions and I will say to you what I said to her – I bet it will be epic. I absolutely loved Illicit Love but I have the felling that Roberts story, whatever it will be called, will knock our socks off! Watch out for this September 13th!

Even if you think Historical Romance is not your thing I would urge you to read ‘Illicit Love’. You never know you might just change your mind. As for me I am off to read ‘Captured Love’ and reacquaint myself with one of the supporting characters! Happy reading.

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Captured Love – What they say:

‘Rupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, is missing his cousin’s company. He has too many burdens weighing down his shoulders, including the task of finding his sister, Rowena, a husband.

Meredith Divine has one friend in all the world, Lady Rowena Stanforth. She clings to their friendship as though it is a rope, when she is drowning in a lake of social isolation. Even Rowena’s elder brother cannot stand Meredith. Everyone judges her poorly, simply because her father is in trade. But despite Lord Morton’s constant rejection, Meredith’s heart still favors Rowena’s proud, judgmental brother.

Lord Morton would break the friendship his sister has with Miss Divine if he could, but the more he disparages Miss Divine, the more Rowena favors the girl. He’s ceased his complaints, in the hope the friendship would wither and die, believing the girl would make a wrong step soon. He just did not anticipate what that step might be…’

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Want To Win A Night In London’s Regency Hotel?

The Regency Hotel has been kind enough to support the Illicit Love blog tour by donating a one night stay for two lucky winners this August! Located in the Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington, you could find yourself relaxing in one of hotel’s plush new bedrooms or sampling the delights of their incredible traditional afternoon teas.

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Readers have plenty of chances to win:

Either entry via the Rafflecopter below AND/OR add your review of Illicit Love to Amazon and Goodreads and email the review link to Charlotte@BestChickLit.com.

The winner will be emailed a voucher, which can be redeemed for stays during August 2013 only. Giveaway closes 19th July 2013.

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About the Author: 396571_511573772204817_47496660_nJane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional love stories. She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book that drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality. Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots. ‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’ Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life. Check out Jane’s musical inspirations HERE and HERE.

 

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Entry via the Rafflecopter below AND/OR add your review of Illicit Love to Amazon and Goodreads and email the review link to Charlotte@BestChickLit.com. Giveaway closes 19th July 2013 and is open to UK and USA residents only. a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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Release Celebration and Giveaway! And a free pig!

The amazing Colleen Hoover is running a competition – just to say Thanks. ♡♥♡♥

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Contest ended and winners have been notified.

 

At midnight tonight, Losing Hope will officially be released!  Not sure if it’ll release until the 9th in the UK, but that’s still just a little over 24 hours away.  🙂  I know a lot of you have already read it from Netgalley and thanks so much for the early reviews!

To celebrate the release of my fifth book, I’m doing a giveaway for a Kindle Fire and an ipad mini.  To enter, all you have to do is share the link to this blog post and comment in the comments below with where you shared. I’ll also be giving away three copies of the Hopeless series.  The paperbacks won’t be out until October, but winners will definitely receive them as soon as they’re available.

Edited to add that I’m also choosing one winner for an Indonesian copy of SLAMMED. 🙂

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Sinfully Summer

Sinfully Summer

Alexa Green is that girl. She is the trust fund baby splashed across the papers every week in an outrageous display of drunken antics. Flashing her knickers – when she is wearing them, draped around some random guy or falling out of some trendy club or other she has the reputation of a spoiled rich bitch.

While on a ‘last fling’ holiday with her two best friends before they get married things don’t start out much different. Staying in an exclusive hotel in Marbella owned by the delectable Enrique Castillo its champagne and dares all round. What she doesn’t count on is her dare is going to leave her standing in only her underwear in the penthouse occupied by none other than Mr Castillo himself.

Setting off a chain of events that must open old wounds to enable them to heal this is a journey for both of them that will be funny, painful and sexy!

Sun, sea, sand, sex and scandal. What more could a girl want?

It is a well-known fact that I don’t do comedy and while Sinfully Summer by Aimée Duffy isn’t a comedy it had me laughing the whole way through. It was very witty with quite a sarcastic humour – that I can relate to! Both main characters are quick-witted, passionate and firey. From the very first pages you will be enthralled and feel the chemistry cracking from your reader, do not be alarmed it is not short circuiting, these two are just that hot!

A lot of more serious issues come in to play in Sinfully Summer and while as a whole the book is light-hearted Aimée Duffy certainly isn’t afraid to delve into more serious darker waters. A well-balanced entertaining sexy read!